But guys like Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin are good but they simply are not in the same class as guys like Tavares, Stamkos, Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin ect... these guys are at least 2 or 3 levels above.
Well Stamkos, Malkin, Crosby and Ovechkin are on another level from most draft picks, these are very special players. I'd say Hall is close to Tavares but I'd give JT the nod obviously. People will start going crazy and call me a homer but Hall scored two less goals than Tavares did in their second seasons but Hall played 18 less games. JT was -16 Hall was -3.
I like Tavares but I don't think he belongs in the list with Stamkos Crosby Malkin and Ovi.
I remember reading some people comparing Yakupov to Pavel Bure. Yeah... some people tend to always overrate prospects. I think Yakupov has the potential to be like Semin, can be frustrating to watch at times, but could also be the most exciting player on the ice.
Something to consider when comparing Yak to previous oilers 1st overalls is that he's been a little more sheltered and getting less immediate ice time than they did. Hall and Nuge were both thrown right on to the 1st line and meanwhile Yak started on the 2nd line and has been playing on lower lines recently (looks like he'll be on the 4th tonight). So the fact that he's still putting up solid rookie numbers is worth noting.
Sure though, Galch could end up being the best player from the draft, but there is no way the Oilers were going to use a 1st overall pick on a player that played 2 regular season games. The only players the Oilers considered at all for 1st overall were Yak, Murray, Grigorenko, and I think Reinhart.
Reinhart is severely underrated. If this kid improves his skating he will be a beast on the blue line. When he gets used on the pp, he uses his shot very well. Give him 2 years.
If I had to re-do the draft today, I'd take Galchenyuk first over Yakupov, Yakupov strikes me as a player that will be one dimensional yet will still score well enough (potential 40+ goal scorer), but when things go wrong he will get benched for a full period every once a while and will be at odds with the coaching staff over him sitting.
On the other hand Galchenyuk has been more of a playmaker but you can tell that he has a deadly shot and will no doubt be a regular 30+ goal scorer in his prime, defensively he is by no means considered as solid now but he plays a responsible game and rarely makes a mistake
And yes 15 games is a decent amount of games to make a desicion, considering the Habs probably scouted Gally a max of 10-15 games. Some players have had their stocks rise or completely collapse after a handful of WJC games, the whole "15 games" argument is invalid more often than not.